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Christine Lepera

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Christine Lepera focuses her practice on the entertainment and media industries, as a litigator and strategic advisor and is a co-chair of the Entertainment and IP Litigation Practice Groups. Christine’s practice covers the landscape of entertainment/media disputes and issues, including claims of copyright and trademark infringement, unfair competition, right of publicity/privacy violations, and industry contract and commercial disputes. Christine has represented many leading entertainers and entertainment/media companies, including those mentioned in the representative matters below.

 

Representative Matters

  • Will Loomis v. Jessica Cornish p/k/a Jessie J, et al., United States District Court, Central District of California. Obtain summary judgment for UK artist “Jessie J” and other defendants in connection with alleged copyright infringement over song “Domino” (2013-2014).
  • Linda Elaine Good, et al. v. Tahliah Barnett, et al., United States District Court, Central District of California. Obtain dismissal of trademark-related TRO/preliminary injunction application against UK artist “Twigs” and other defendants (2014).
  • Obtained dismissal of right of privacy and related claims on behalf of TV production company and media defendants in connection with reality television program.
  • Represent prominent developer of Cut the Rope games in privacy litigation and other commercial disputes (2012-2013).
  • Represent prominent independent music publishing company Songs Music Publishing in copyright and related litigation. Represent The Black Keys in copyright/Lanham Act litigations (2012-2013).
  • Represent Aubrey Drake Graham p/k/a “Drake” in connection with copyright and trademark litigation. 
  • Represent Emmy Award winning documentary film production company and other defendants in connection with trademark infringement claim involving media works.
  • Represent the band LIVE in connection with trademark and contractual disputes with former member (2012-2013).
  • Reach Music Publishing, Inc., et al. v. Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., et al., United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Obtained dismissal (2010) on behalf of music publishers of claims by songwriter and music publisher of copyright co-ownership in certain musical compositions originally recorded by Run-D.M.C, and defeated motion to dismiss (2011) counterclaims against Plaintiffs for breach of contract and tortious interference with contract.
  • Lukasz Gottwald p/k/a Dr. Luke, et al. v. Christina S. Jones p/k/a Chrissy, et al., United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Won judgment (2011) on behalf of defendants holding their hit song “Tik Tok” is not infringing of plaintiffs' composition.
  • Lukasz Gottwald p/k/a Dr. Luke, et al. v. David M. Bellamy, Homer Howard Bellamy, and Bellamy Brothers Music, United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division (2011). Successfully represented composers Dr. Luke and Max Martin in copyright related litigation involving Britney Spears’ “Hold It Against Me.
  • Clement Brown, Jr. v. DeAndre Cortez Way p/k/a Soulja Boy, et al., United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division. Won motion to dismiss case (2011) involving trademark infringement claims against Soulja Boy and other defendants.
  • Jay Brian Ballard and Kim Jones v. Mary J. Blige, et al., United States District Court for the Central District of California (2010). Successfully represented Mary J. Blige and other defendants in copyright infringement litigation involving Blige’s “Take Me As I Am.”
  • Osama Ahmed Fahmy v. Jay-Z (aka Shawn Carter), et al., United States District Court for the Central District of California, Western Division. Obtained summary judgment on certain issues on behalf of Defendants, including Tim Mosely p/k/a “Timbaland” and Jay Z, in connection with copyright infringement claim involving the hit song “Big Pimpin’.”
  • Anger Management & Entertainment, Inc. v. Gregory Tribett, et al., Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. Obtained summary judgment (2010) for the band Mudvayne on a breach of fiduciary duty claim against the band’s ex-manager.
  • BMS Entertainment/Heat Music LLC, et al. v. Christopher Bridges, et al., United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Obtained jury verdict (2006) on behalf of recording artists and songwriters Christopher Bridges p/k/a Ludacris and Kanye West, and music publisher EMI April Music in music copyright infringement case involving the 2003 hit single “Stand Up” written by Ludacris and Kanye West, which appears on Ludacris’ album “Chicken-n-Beer.”
  • Microhits Music Corp., et al. v. Arista Records, Inc., et al., United States District Court for the Central District of California. Won summary judgment (2006) on behalf of songwriters and performing and recording artists Antwan Patton and Andre Benjamin, p/k/a Outkast in a declaratory judgment action in which plaintiffs claimed joint copyright ownership in certain of Outkast’s recordings and compositions on their multi-platinum, award-winning album entitled “Speakerboxxx/Love Below.”
  • R. Kelly, et al. v. Shawn Carter, et al., Supreme Court of New York, New York County. Won summary judgment (2005) on behalf of Shawn Carter p/k/a Jay Z and his production company, Marcy Projects Productions, on tortious interference claims asserted against them by Robert Kelly p/k/a R. Kelly based upon Kelly’s alleged improper termination from the artists’ “Best of Both Worlds” Tour in 2004.
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Industry Focus

Media & Entertainment

Education Collapse

  • New York Law School, J.D.; summa cum laude
  • Drew University, B.A.; summa cum laude

Court Admissions Collapse

  • New York
  • USDC, Eastern District of New York
  • USDC, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Recognition Expand

  • "Top 5% of lawyers in New York," New York Super Lawyers (2006-2014)
  • AV® Preeminent™ Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Publications and Presentations Expand

Professional, Business, and Civic Affiliations Expand

 

  • Immediate Past Chair, ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries (Chair Term 2011-2013)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Media & Entertainment Law360 (2012) 
  • Board of Editors, Entertainment Law and Finance publication 
  • AAA Panel of Arbitrators (1987 – present) 
  • Mediator for the New York Supreme Court, Commercial Division and the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • New York Bar Association, Committee on Intellectual Property of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section
  • Former Vice Chair, Copyright Committee of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Entertainment Law Committee (1998-2001)
  • Copyright Society
  • Member, New York Women in Film and Television
  • NARAS, New York Chapter
  • American Bar Association, Committee on Mediation; Task Force on ADR and Entertainment Law; Intellectual Property and Litigation Sections